chief who now heads on to piedmont police force. >> the flu is now wide-spread in the united states and still increasing in california. many hospitals are overwhelmed. the vaccine is harder to come by and schools are starting to close. now live from washington, dc, with the latest. >> good morning, kristen, this is the fierce of the outbreaks in years across the country, hospitals are overwhelmed and farm sits are having a hard time keeping up with drug orders. >> from coast to coast americans are waging a losing battle against the nasty flu strain. doctors overrun with patients are running low on flu shots and tests as the virus spreads. >> we are all overwhelmed, not only the practitioners but the caregivers in general. >> 128 million vaccine doses have been distributed nationwide but clinics can not keep up with the demand and pharmacists are struggling to fill prescriptions. >> we get 24 boxes of the capsules but 40 or 50 prescriptions each day. >> at a hospital in boston, it is all hands on deck in the fight against the flu. >> it will take you 2 or 3 weeks to feel good again.